Released Date
March 3, 1989
Distributor
Warner Bros.
Genre
Drama
Rating
PG-13
Worldwide Gross
Domestic Gross + International Gross = Worldwide Gross
$31,906,454 + $0 = $31,906,454
84

Morgan Freeman

as Joe Louis Clark

74

Ivonne Coll

as Mrs. Santos

66

Tony Todd

as William Wright, Dean of Security

1927-2017

Robert Guillaume

as Dr. Frank Napier

57

Michael Beach

as Mr. Larry Darnell

56

Karen Malina White

as Kaneesha Carter

66

Ethan Phillips

as Mr. Rosenberg

1948-2003

Lynne Thigpen

as Leonna Barrett

48

Jermaine Hopkins

as Thomas Sams

61

Regina Taylor

as Mrs. Carter

75

Beverly Todd

as Mrs. Joan Levias

1920-2000

Alan North

as Mayor Don Bottman

About Lean on Me

The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school he is determined to improve by any and all means.

About

Biographical film loosely based on real life high school principal Louis Clark's efforts to increase his student's New Jersey Minimum Basic Skills Test scores in order to save the school from being taken over by New Jersey state government.  

Trivia

The title of the film is a reference to the 1972 Bill Withers song of the same name. It won 1991 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Morgan Freeman, and Outstanding Motion Picture.